Come Join the Celebration

Come Join the Celebration

Join the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center at its 36th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Banquet

February 21 at 6pm
Winebrenner Theological Seminary
950 N. Main St., Findlay, OH

Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us in this unique opportunity to reflect your support of cultural diversity, education and National Black History Month.


The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Superintendent of Findlay City Schools Edward Kurt. The theme for the evening will be “Diversity and Education – Impacting Tomorrow’s Workforce”

The cost of the event is $50, and reservations can be
made by calling 419-788-6794 or 419-423-4954.


Kwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa Celebration


A celebration of family, community and culture!

There will be a pre-Kwanzaa workshop from 1-2pm where you will learn the Swahili terms for the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary symbols used in the Celebration.

The celebration will follow from 2-4pm with refreshments provided.

Donations are welcome.

Celebrating our Heritage: Native American Powwow

Celebrating our Heritage: Native American Powwow

Come join us as we celebrate the Native American heritage with a powwow with The All Nations Drum.

Head man dancer: Running Wolf
Head lady dancer: Dancing Butterfly

  • Native American dancing and flute playing
  • Native American food and crafts

Location: Bernard Park, Findlay, Ohio

Admission: Adults – $2; Seniors and children under 18 – free

Family event: absolutely no drugs, alcohol, firearms or politics

2017 Juneteenth Presentation

2017 Juneteenth Presentation

The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will be celebrating “Juneteenth” on Saturday, June 17, 1-3 pm at the Center, 817 Harmon Street.

Juneteenth is recognized as the oldest celebration that marks the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 slaves in Galveston, Texas were informed that they had been freed by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

The Multicultural Center’s celebration will include a presentation on the “Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio” by Reita Adams Smith, a descendant of David Adams who was a “conductor” on the underground railroad in Findlay, OH. There will also be a showing of the documentary video “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story”.

Food, games and children activities will also be a part of the celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

The battle at Puebla in 1862 happened at a violent and chaotic time in Mexico’s history. Mexico had finally gained independence from Spain in 1821 after a difficult and bloody struggle, and a number of internal political takeovers and wars, including the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Mexican Civil War of 1858, had ruined the national economy.

France was eager to expand its empire at that time, and used the debt issue to move forward with goals of establishing its own leadership in Mexico.

France invaded at the gulf coast of Mexico along the state of Veracruz (see map) and began to march toward Mexico City, a distance today of less than 600 miles. Although American President Abraham Lincoln was sympathetic to Mexico’s cause, and for which he is honored in Mexico, the U.S. was involved in its own Civil War at the time and was unable to provide any direct assistance.

Marching on toward Mexico City, the French army encountered strong resistance near Puebla at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. Lead by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a smaller, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men were able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date’s celebration. 

Today’s Celebration

For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico. Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.

Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas (Folkloric Ballet with a Mexican Image)

This dance troupe was formed to promote the appreciation, dedication and performance of Mexican Folk Dance. Dancing is a way of life!

This troupe was formed over 20 years ago and have had a successful career in performing for President Clinton at the Whitehouse, Lyons College in Arkansas, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Many Festivals across Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia and other higher educational institutions such as Bowling Green State University, Lorain Community College, Owens Community College, University of Toledo. The troupe is under the management and direction of Maestro James A. Serda and the they perform dances that tell stories about the regions and states of Mexico as well as telling the history of culture, philanthropy, agriculture, and habitat through songs, footwork, costumes, and diversity. Their repertoire includes dances from over 16 of the 35 states of Mexico and over 150 dances!

They love to engage with the audience to teach the importance about embracing diversity through art and dance.